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Burt Bacharach: His Extraordinary Songs and Musicals

Ask any modern singer or songwriter for a list of their influences, and you're more than likely to see pop mastermind Burt Bacharach at the top of their list. Know best for his many hits that span the 1960s, '70s and '80s, Burt Bacharach's songbook is one of the best known in modern times.Burt Bacharach was born on May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. From an early age, he showed interest in music. He studied the subject extensively at the Mannes School of Music, McGill University and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.Bacharach's career began to blossom in 1957 when he joined forces with lyrical mastermind Hal David. A year later, their first big hit was recorded by Marty Robbins, entitled "The Story of My Life." It became a number one hit on U.S. country and UK charts. The success was followed up in early 1958 with Perry Como's hit, "Magic Moments." Como's song reached number four hit on American charts and number one in the UK.Burt Bacharach and Hal David then found success writin...


Fall Out Boy - A Brief Biography

Fall Out Boy is an American alternative rock group that burst on the scene in 2005 with their major label release "From Under the Cork Tree." Their follow up albums 'Infinity on High' (released in 2007) and "Foile A Duex" (released in 2008) have been popular with fans and critics alike.Fall Out Boy (FOB) takes their name from the television show The Simpsons. In a similar fashion, many of the titles of Fall Out Boy songs reference pop culture. They've been one of the first bands to widely use websites, social networking and other Internet technologies to spread information about their music and connect with fans. The release of their fifth studio album was preceded by a viral marketing campaign spread across several websites.Fall Out Boy's signature sound is an eclectic mix of styles. Wentz writes the majority of the lyrics for the songs while Stump handles the arrangement of the music. Stump has been tapped to help produce records and singles for many other bands and artists such as T.I, Gym Class Heroes, Co...


Akon - The Real Story

With his unique blend of West African musical influences, Southern beats and East Coast inflections along with a dazzling presence that attracts those who watch music videos by the singer, Akon has gone from an unknown alleged convict to a music star in just a few short years. Born to Mor Thiam, a jazz percussionist, and his wife, in St. Louis, Akon was raised in Senegal until the age of seven. At that point, his father returned to the US and brought the family with him. Until he was 15, Akon spent time in both countries.Despite Akon's insistence that he has a criminal past where he was involved in drug dealing, car theft and spent several years in prison (where he apparently discovered his musical talents), there is no evidence to support his claims. In fact, it would appear that Akon has a squeaky clean past, according to criminal and court records. However, the artist sticks to his story that he spent time in prison after moving to New Jersey with his family.In 2004, his solo album debut, Trouble, was rel...


Build a Music Library That's Personal and Portable

Let's face it, almost all of us at one time or another has thrown away $10 or $20 buying an album for the enjoyment of a single song. Thanks to music downloads, that just doesn't have to be the case anymore. This new, fast and quite portable technology has enabled total control over a music library for a whole lot less money.Music downloads are taking over the industry for a number of reasons. The biggest reason, which has its own subset of smaller ones, is the fact this form of listening can be completely personalized.Let's look at how this is the case. Music downloads enable:* Single song downloads. This beats the heck out of plunking down the cash for a full album when only one or two songs is desired. Rather than spend that $20 to net two favorites, you can apply every dime towards tunes you love.* Creation of play lists. Depending on the music download service and listening device you're using, the creation of play lists can be very simple. These are simply the songs that will be loaded to play at any gi...


Selecting Music for Healing and Wellness

Choosing the correct, or most appropriate music which is conductive for alternative healing therapies - and for overall wellness - is of the utmost importance. Music has been used for healing, or as an aid to healing for thousands of years. The Bible tells us that David played his harp to cure King Saul's depression. Egyptian records dating from over 2,600 years old point to music being used as cures for infertility and arthritis. In fact, one of the most ancient techniques, now finding a revival in modern culture, is in ancient Greece where the Pythagoreans believed that music was a gift from the Gods, and reflected mathematical perfection. It was widely believed that diseases and afflictions, both mental and physical, were simply disorders that could be improved or even cured by the proper application of music.When you do choose to use music for healing, it is thus extremely important that you select the most appropriate music for the particular problems you are treating. This isn't nearly as simple ...


Nickelback - The Story Behind the Band

These days, if you look up Nickelback online, you'll find plenty of places to download music videos and listen to the band. Their beginnings were less than auspicious, however. This Canadian band was started up by four musicians, Chad, Brandon and Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake, in Alberta. Their first album was an extended play disc called Hesher in 1996. Later that same year, they released a full length album that basically flopped. The album, Curb, produced a single, "Fly", that never made it to any charts and was circulated only in the local area on radio stations.Despite the disappointment of their first recordings, the men of Nickelback went on to record The State, their second album, just two years later. This time, they struck gold and were given a record contract with EMI and Roadrunner Records. Their second album was re-released as a EMI/Roadrunner production in 2000, four years after their first album flopped and this time it hit gold, literally, in both the United States and in Canada. It wasn't unti...


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